BALTIMORE — Orioles closer Jim Johnson recorded his American League-leading 50th save in Sunday’s 7-6 victory over the Red Sox, joining Eric Gagne (2002-03) as the only pitchers to record consecutive seasons of 50 or more saves.

“It’s one of those things, you won’t really truly appreciate it until it’s not there,” manager Buck Showalter said of Johnson, who had his ups and downs this season and also blew nine saves. “I can’t make people realize how hard it is to do what these guys do in the ninth inning. It takes a special set of you-know-whats, and Jimmy’s never wavered in his belief in his team.

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MLB.com By Brittany Ghiroli on September 29, 2013